ALAMEDA – Raiders edge rusher Arden Key had a strong preseason. The second-year pro showed significant improvement in his run defense, with gains in size and strength that aid his pass rush.
Quality summer work hasn’t set him on a hot start. Key has just three quarterback pressures -- one quarterback hit and two hurries -- in his first two games.
He has played a total of 52 snaps, with 40 of those rushing the passer.
They haven’t been terribly productive early in the year. The Raiders were hoping for the opposite, to get quality from Key as a situational pass rusher.
That hasn’t been the case to this point, something head coach Jon Gruden was frank about during his Monday press conference.
“We have got to get more out of Arden. I’ve said that for long enough,” Gruden said. “Arden, if you are listening, we got to get you going. He’s a good player. He’s had a good training camp; he’s healthy.
“We put our defensive line in some tough spots yesterday for a lot of reasons to try and stop their running game, and it did stymie I think some of the guys’ ability to rush the passer, but Arden is going to get home. Arden is going to take off here hopefully soon.”
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Key generally is active in the sub package, working with Maxx Crosby or Benson Mayowa on the edge and Clelin Ferrell and other rotating rushers on the inside.
The Raiders need production from Key to make that package successful, lest last year’s pass-rushing struggles linger on in 2019.
The good news is the Raiders are going up against the worst run defense in the league. The even better news is Oakland possesses Josh Jacobs.
The Cincinnati Bengals head to the Coliseum to face a team favored to win marginally. Even with Bengals running back Joe Mixon behind the ball, the Raiders stand a chance.
Quarterback Derek Carr hasn't thrown an interception in nearly a month and is looking like his old successful self to be the essential cherry on top of it all.
This is guaranteed to be a fun game for the Raiders and their fans.
Here's how to watch the Raiders-Bengals Week 11 game live online and on TV:
Start time: 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS (KPIX)
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The Raiders head into their Week 11 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals with a leg up. The team will be going up against the worst run defense in the league.
The Bengals give up 173.0 yards per game and have yet to win a matchup this season. This win is pretty much in the cards for the Silver and Black. Plus, this is a huge opportunity for Josh Jacobs (and his fantasy owners) to capitalize on his running game.
On the other side, Bengals RB Joe Mixon is 14th in the NFL with 131 carries this seasons.
If you're a betting person, the Raiders are favored in the upcoming matchup according to Sportsline.
Caesars: OAK -750
Consensus: OAK -711
Westgate: OAK -700
Wynn: OAK -700
Here are how NFL writers around the country see the Raiders-Bengals game shaking out:
Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Raiders 31, Bengals 16
Ben Baby, ESPN: Raiders 30, Bengals 13
Michael David Smith, PFT: Raiders 21, Bengals 7
Michael Florio, PFT: Raiders 41, Bengals 20